A Chocoholics Dream: Chocolate World Expo Comes to Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk!

14 Jan
Chocolate World Expo Logo CT
Studies have shown that chocolate can help you lose weight and actually keep your heart healthy.  So, look dastardly dentist dad of Willy Wonka and all of his ilk…sweets won’t kill you.  No, let us bravely move forward, embracing chocolate and sweets in all their beautiful forms.  Yeah, whether we talk about chocolate covered bacon, chocolate covered pickles (!?), rum cakes, chocolate flavored coffee, chocolate dipped waffles, or even jellies, we need to remember that we’re feeding our hearts and souls.  So, come and feed your inner child at the Chocolate World Expo on Sunday, 1/27 from 10 am to 7 pm at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk.  Tickets are just $15 for adults or $10 for kids (ages 2-12) and that INCLUDES admission to all Maritime Aquarium exhibits.  If you’re a member of the aquarium, you’ll also save $2 per ticket!
What will you get for that sweet (we made a funny, haha) price?  Check out the details from their site:
At Chocolate World Expo Connecticut, approximately 35 local and regional vendors will offer tastings & sales of their delicious and decadent products that include chocolates, baked goods, gelato, specialty foods and food-related gift items.  Vendors will be set up in Newman’s Own Hall (near the seals) and throughout the Aquarium’s galleries, which will be fully open that day – at no extra cost to visitors – making this special event an especially outstanding value for attendees!

Participating vendors include 5th Avenue Chocolatiere, Auntie El’s, Bacon Bites, Barbara’s Butter Crunch, Bella’s Home Baked Goods, Breezie Maples Farm, Chocopologie Café, Fretzels by Jill, Goodway Bakery, JD Gourmet, Kathie’s Kitchen, Knipschildt Chocolatier, Le Rouge – Handmade Chocolates by Aarti, Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters, Peanut Principle, Puckers Gourmet, Rescue Chocolate, Screme Gelato, Xocai Healthy Chocolates, Yona’s Gourmet and more.

Expo/Aquarium visitors will find not only traditional and gourmet chocolates, but also unique offerings like Dutch-style chocolate tarts, chocolate-covered pretzels, Jamaican-style rum cakes, chocolate-flavored coffees, chocolate balsamic dressing, chocolate-covered bacon, moon pies, chocolate bath soaps and even chocolate-covered pickles! Guests will be greeted by chocolate fountains from Aurora Gourmet and, for another ready-to-eat treat, Pika’s Farm Table will be making authentic Belgian-style waffles dipped in a choice of white, dark or milk chocolate.

Seems like this is a no-brainer.  While it’s probably a smart idea to save time and get your tickets online, you can still get them at the door.  Chocolate World Expo is also giving back to Newtown residents, school employees, and first-responders by giving out free admission.  Just be sure to bring a district or government issued photo ID.

What are you most excited to try?  For us, we’ve got to at least try out the chocolate covered pickle! 

Chocolate World Expo

1/27 from 10 am to 7 pm

Maritime Aquarium
10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

9 Responses to “A Chocoholics Dream: Chocolate World Expo Comes to Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk!”

  1. Mara January 27, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    All the other comments pretty much summed it up: for me, the combination of chocolate, loud children, their snot and germs, and the ability for everyone to touch sea animals before grabbing a sample is just not my idea of a pleasant experience. I hated it two years ago and would never attend again.


  2. Valerie G. Bell January 28, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    As a foodie I would have to agree. That event sucked!!!!! Way too many kids running around. Parking was a nightmare. And the credit card machine broke down. I attend a lot of food expos and the was the worst. @ 5 the booth that had the choc covered bacon ran out of samples, they still had 2 hours left just put some samples out that was so unprofessional. There was not a lot of good quality of chocolate. I hope that the chocolate show at the Stamford Marriott next week is better.


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro January 28, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

      Damn…that really DOES suck. :( Wish we could “un-write” that one, but seems like the kids had fun at least. :P Sorry. :) But, really…how do you run out of samples when you know it will draw a big crowd? :(

      We think the chocolate show next week will be better, yes…plus, it’s for charity and there are LOTS of local restaurants and sweet shops on hand, so they are more in tune with things.


    • Mara January 27, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

      They ran out of samples two years ago, as well – they should have known better.


  3. Travels4Food January 28, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Imho, this event was a holy disaster. Aquariums filled with hyper children and a chocolate expo go together like college students and kegs of Red Bull. It was crowded, loud, the offerings were of dubious quality, and for a so-called “foodie” without little ones tagging along, the event could not possibly have been more unsavory. Next time I want to go to a real chocolate show, I’ll go back to the one in the Metropolitan Ball Room in NYC.


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro January 28, 2013 at 11:18 am #

      Uggg, that’s really disappointing. :( We were looking at the FB page last week and saw someone say how it didn’t work out so well and they’d never go back. Your analogy is really good, but we’re sorry that you had a bad time :(


    • Mara January 27, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

      The NYC chocolate show is fantastic – I had to secret my samples into little baggies in order to not get sick from all the offerings. There is also a show in a hotel someplace local that was not bad, though nothing compared to the NYC show. And the aquarium show IS a holy disaster – well said.


      • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro January 27, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

        So sad. It could be great. We helped spread the eord when it started, but haven’t shared it since because people had horrible times there.



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